Gojek has a culture of writing user manuals, after much procastination finally writing one (shamelessly copied from a friend atm).
Sep20 5-minute read
Conditions I like to work in
I love to chat over breaks. Coffee, Trends, Books get me started.
I like to work with dashboards and terminals around me.
I like to take notes, in a bullet points format, when focused.
The times/Hours I like to work
I start my day around 9:30 AM IST, and close around 6 PM IST.
I like timeboxing efforts and iterate over small cycles.
I am mostly a night owl.
I am currently on manager time, so my day is filled with interrupts. Still figuring out how I can get some focused time, with high productivity.
I don’t mind being contacted at any time but I will likely only respond during week daytimes
I typically workout and meditate post office hours.
My Calendar is open and accessible so everyone can see my availability. I don’t mind people booking things in my calendar if I am free
Is there a production outage going on? Let’s join a call. eh, not on the weekends, eh.
Wherever applicable, I try to apply the mightiest of the mightest Rule of Three.
The best ways to communicate with me
Slack is the quickest way to get a response from me, with upto a few hours of response time.
Call me on “+91800357….” in case of work related or personal emergencies.
I keep on top of my emails each week and usually respond within a few days at the latest.
The ways I like to receive feedback
I’d rather have difficult conversations than things be unspoken or unauthentic, so just be straight-forward with me
I like receiving feedback face-to-face
I like receiving feedback better when called out so. “Hey #whateveryouwannacallme, I have a feedback to share”, is usually a very good start for me.
I see all feedback as a learning opportunity so I like any feedback to include examples and also suggestions on how I / it could be better/different
I feel examples are the best way to communicate any feedback.
I like to give and receive guidance explicitely wrapped in a SBI
sandwitch. No, not the bank. Situation,Behavior,Impact
I am good at receving strong feedbacks.
Things I need
I love discussions with people where we can freely think about what is possible without conditionals. Although I can be intense in such sessions, asking tough questions which may have no clear answers.
Intent - I am indefinitely optimistic for having and showing intent all
Authenticity - I find it really hard to be around bullshit or inconsistency
I am learning that Preparation is absolutely important for me. Any meeting is an expensive affair in terms of time. I get annoyed if people are unprepared.
I need time to reflect and simmer my thoughts.
Things I struggle with
If I don’t understand the wider purpose behind why we are doing something, I find it hard to engage with. For me getting this clarity is absolutely essential.
I’m an introvert so working “in the open” is something I have to work hard at
Too much critiquing and logical reasoning drains my energy
Unnecessary process - I love agile and lean because it is a great way of being transparent and creates a brilliant learning culture, however, it’s not always necessary. I like minimum-viable-process - what is enough for the size of the team, the type of project, the types of people and the types of outputs looking to be created. On the other hand, I find structure and rituals crucial. Process should also be measured through the outcome lens.
Things I love
I visualise myself as a futurist, always thinking about how we are evolving.
I like hearing what others are working on and connecting up the dots of what we are doing
A generative, risk-taking culture
Technology is something that I am always passionate about.
If I ever do a PhD, it will be in Cognitive sciences, distributed systems or complex networks. For me they all are the same things.
Other things to know about me
I try to be very rational about decision making
I recently discovered love for tea
I believe a lot in myself. That somehow makes things actionable and keeps me moving.
I can get very passionate in discussion, being naturally an aggressive person, my body language can leak so. I may appear angry, but I am not. There is no impact on the relationship for me post a heated debate.
In meetings I can be too methodical - always delaying on deciding while taking conversation in several directions, so people find me hard to read. If I am not happy I will say so otherwise assume I am fine!
Fairness really matters to me. If I think someone is not being treated fairly, or someone is having an unfair impact on others, I will find it hard not to call out.
For me it is extremely important to treat others with empathy and be treated with the saame.
My learning goals for 2020
Improve on Marketing and Networking skills. I always believed that my work would speak for itself, although that has been the case mostly. But a little bit of new elements can unblock growth.
Write consistently. I feel writing is a thinking exercise. It has helped me clarify my thoughts.
Pick a hobby. For most of my life, I have treated my hobbies as my work, but sometimes the going gets tough and I will love a break from monotony.
Start publishing covers. I feel music is the best language to express.